Call for papers!

Find out where you can send your ideas on ecocritical topics! We often receive calls for papers for various ecocritical events. If you're interested in learning about upcoming calls for papers, please send us an email to join our mailing list. Some examples of recent calls for papers are shown below.

Postcolonial Environments

The Postcolonial Environments symposium on January 24, 2014, at the University of Manchester, will bring together scholars and postgraduates interested in the role of environments in colonial and postcolonial encounters and the relations that they engender. The CFPs deadline is November 15, 2013.Click here for the CFPs details.

Framing the Sign

Framing the Sign is the theme for the upcoming European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the  Environment (EASLCE) biennial conference and Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) IX conference, which will be hosted by the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu, in Tartu, Estonia, from April 29 - May 3, 2014. The conference is now calling for papers. Submissions are due by October 10, 2013

“No meaning without a frame” – thus one might boil down the insights yielded by a century of research in the humanities. To interpret something as meaningful is to put it into a context, into a frame of reference within which it can begin to make sense. This holds not only for human signification, but also for the processes of signification that occur in the natural world, as they have been studied by biosemiotics. In a double take on its title, this conference inquires into the multiple, complex ways in which humans frame nature and are in turn framed by it. It seeks to explore the figure of the frame as an ecological concept which draws attention to the way in which meanings are embedded in and sustained by environments that are at once material and semiotic. At the same time, it invites a closer examination of the strategies of framing and contextualization that are constitutive of ecocritical research, as well as a comparison of ecocritical methodologies with those of neighbouring disciplines in the environmental humanities.

EASLCE Prize for Best Graduate Student Essay

The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment (EASLCE) sponsors a prize for the Best Graduate Student Essay in European Ecocriticism. It consists in a bursary of 400 Euro to help cover the costs of attending the next EASLCE conference (at the University of Tartu, Estonia, in April 2014), as well as publication of the prize-winning essay in our journal Ecozon@. Please send submissions by November 1, 2013, to the EASLCE selection committee.

Reading Animals: An International English Studies Conference

Seeking now to focus the diverse critical practice in animal studies, a second conference from July 17 - 20, 2014, at the University of Sheffield, seeks to uncover the extent to which the discipline of English Studies now can and should be reimagined as the practice of reading animals.

This conference seeks to reflect and to extend the full range of critical methodologies, forms, canons and geographies current in English Studies; contributions are also most welcome from interested scholars in cognate disciplines. Reading Animals will be programmed to encourage comparative reflection on representations of animals and interspecies encounters in terms of both literary-historical period and overarching interpretive themes. As such, seven keynote presentations are planned; each will focus on how reading animals is crucial in the interpretation of the textual culture of a key period from the middle ages to the present. The conference will also feature a plenary panel of key scholars who will reflect on the importance when reading animals of thinking across periods and in thematic, conceptual and formal terms.

Abstracts for 20 minute papers (300 words) or pre-formed 3-paper panels (1000 words) are welcome by December 19, 2013 from researchers at any stage of their career, including early career scholars and postgraduates. Please email abstracts to

Northern Nature

It’s cold. This is often the first reaction to the Arctic and the North, followed by connotations of emptiness, hostility, and impermanent human settlements, in the form of gulags, oil towns, and exploration camps. The Autumn 2014 edition of Ecozon@ will explore the different perspectives in representations of the remote northern reaches of the world. If you've got a topic, abstracts for papers will be accepted until January 15, 2014. For more information, visit the Ecozon@ CFP Web page or download the PDF.

Ireland and Ecocriticism

Nearly a century ago, James Joyce averred that “Nature is quite unromantic. It is we who put romance into her. Which is a false attitude, an egotism, absurd like all egotisms.” The second interdisciplinary conference on the topic of Ireland and Ecocriticism hopes to acknowledge the dangerous truth of Joyce’s observation by turning to account his country’s anomalous relationship to modernity. Ireland’s experience of literary Romanticism, usually associated with nature poetry, will not map onto existing Anglophone and continental accounts of the phenomenon, and neither will Romantic oppositions between city and country, culture and wilderness.

From June 19 - 21, 2014, the University College Cork will host the conference. Please submit proposals of no more than 500 words to Maureen O'Connor by January 31, 2014.

European New Nature Writing

Pressing environmental issues surround us and how our surroundings are represented has therefore become an interesting topic of research and writing. The spring 2015 edition of Ecozon@ will explore in ecocritical essays what has been happening in wider Europe in relation to new forms and modes of representations of nature in the arts, including non-fiction travel, memoir, landscape and nature writing, but also including fiction, ecopoetry,
painting and land art. Articles can be submitted at any time up to end of July 2014 when the review process will begin. To discuss possible contributions, please contact Terry Gifford. Click here for more information about the spring 2015 issue of Ecozon@.

Last Modified: 15-07-2014